What is NUCCA?

The NUCCA chiropractic method is a very precise, gentle and safe form of chiropractic care, which focuses on long-lasting results. NUCCA is an acronym that stands for National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. The NUCCA procedure focuses on taking pressure off of the brainstem and spinal cord and balancing the entire spine. Once pressure is removed from the nervous system, the brain and body have restored communication, which allows proper body posture and alignment as well as allowing the body’s natural healing process to begin. Many people suffer in an abnormal stressed body posture for years due to accidents or injuries that have caused pressure and stress on the body’s central nervous system which does not allow the body to heal properly.

The NUCCA approach to Body Balance.

Accidents and injuries throughout our lives can tear loose the connective tissue that holds our spinal joints together. In an effort to keep the head centered over the neck, the body will compensate and move into an imbalanced, stressed position. This imbalance shows up with one of the legs being longer or shorter, one hip higher or lower, one shoulder higher or lower, twisting of the body framework, muscular imbalance, abnormal movement, and over time progressive wear and tear.

NUCCA recognizes that this body position can cause stress, tension and pressure on the entire nervous system, most importantly the brain stem and spinal cord. Our body constantly shuttles millions of electrical and chemical signals back and forth from our brain to every cell of our body. Any restriction or distortion of these signals can affect body function. (Many of these messages are unconscious such as breathing, digestion, and circulation.) If this distortion is not corrected, the long term effect is degeneration of that part of the body serviced by those restricted messages, resulting in mild to severe pain, lowered resistance to illness, behavioral changes, organ dysfunction, loss of mobility in limbs, and ultimately disease.

The NUCCA chiropractor understands and works to address these alignment issues with the NUCCA spinal correction. The main objective of a NUCCA chiropractor is to restore the entire spine back to a balanced, unstressed position, re-empowering the nervous system and the body’s ability to function at its full potential. With the NUCCA spinal correction, the spinal column remains straight and balanced where the weight of the head is centered over the neck.

By utilizing a formula calculated from the patient’s x-rays, the NUCCA chiropractor will apply a slight pre-determined pressure just below the tip of the ear at the atlas vertebrae (first neck vertebrae) to gently re-position the head over the center of the neck. This NUCCA re-positioning is what restores body balance and removes brain stem compression. Immediately, muscles begin to relax, blood and oxygen circulation is increased, healing messages are transmitted from the brain to the affected area and the body’s self healing process begins. The NUCCA spinal correction requires NO FORCEFUL TWISTING, POPPING, OR CRACKING, and is barely felt by the patient.

The NUCCA Difference

What makes NUCCA such a unique treatment?
  • 3D composite x-rays to calculate how to best adjust and correct each patient’s individual misalignment.
  • An anatometer with bilateral weight scales to measure body imbalances.
  • Post-adjustment x-rays to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the correction.

Arielle Y.

When first seeking regular chiropractor care, I didn’t want a chiropractor that would yank on/twist my neck or manipulate my body in painful ways. I had tried many different things (in which nothing seemed to help) before trying Dr. Herrboldt and NUCCA chiropractic care, and have found that NUCCA is the only thing that has given me long-term pain relief. Dr. Herrboldt is absolutely incredible and takes time to genuinely listen to what you have to say at each appointment. He has proven to me that chiropractor care can (and should be!!) gentle and effective. I call Dr. Herrboldt a “miracle worker” because I didn’t think relief from my pain/headaches was possible, it is!! It not only has improved my physical health, but also my mental health. Many of my friends and family members have entrusted Dr. Herrboldt with their chiropractic care and have found that being in alignment has significantly improved their quality of life. Thank you Dr. Herrboldt for your care and expertise!!!

Arielle Y.


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